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I love encouraging my girls to be creative. F is almost 5 and loves drawing, play dough, stickers, cutting and sticking. E is 21 months and loves drawing already. We have a large and growing collection of art and craft materials and we do lots of creative activities. I often get asked where we do all our activities and how I store our art supplies. So today I’m going to show you and give you tips to help you with creating an art space for kids.
It would be lovely to have a dedicated art space in a playroom for example but we don’t. Instead, all our art and sensory play happen in the kitchen. Mostly on the kitchen table. Creating at the kitchen table means the girls are close by and occupied whilst I’m cooking. We have good natural light here and I don’t worry about the mess as the table and floor are easy to clean.
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Our current kitchen table has served us well over the years. It’s probably about time we started looking for a new dining table and I’ve spotted some that would be perfect for us on Lionshome. For us, a new table needs to be big enough for us all to sit around to eat, craft or play board games. It needs to be easy to clean too. Creativity can get messy but then so can mealtimes with young children anyway. This table looks perfect for our needs.
Most of our craft supplies are stored on a set of shelves near the table but out of reach of my youngest. I use a mixture of jars, plastic beakers, baskets and boxes for storing our art materials. Recently I put together a box of crafting supplies that I leave on the kitchen table and I rotate the contents so that there’s always something new to explore.
I also think it is important to have somewhere to display your child’s artwork. We use the back of the garage door and rotate the artwork as they produce more. We also have a blackboard door in the kitchen too that the kids love to draw on too.
My top tips for creating an art space for kids:
- If your kids are old enough, make all their art supplies accessible. My toddler is far too young so a lot of supplies like glue and paint are kept out of reach. For young children having fewer items available also prevents them from getting overwhelmed. Rotate frequently and offer them new materials to try.
- Make the most of the space you have. Have you got the room for a kids art easel or desk in a conservatory, kitchen or playroom? If not use your kitchen table like us.
- Recycle jars for storing pens, scissors and paint brushes. Baskets are useful for stamps, play dough tools etc. Make your art space visually appealing to kids.
- Trays are great for making clean up easy but also for saving a project so it can be moved from the kitchen table for meal times and brought back when your child wants to continue the activity. Trays are particularly good for play dough.
- Know which art supplies it’s ok to buy cheap and which it’s better to pay a little bit more for. For example, I always buy washable pens and paints. They may cost a little more but it saves a lot of stress. Also, I’ve found that cheap glue sticks never work well.
- Set some ground rules. My eldest, for example, knows that she is only to use messy resources like felt tip pens, paints and play dough on the kitchen table.
So now you’ve set up an art space for your kids, here is some inspiration for activities:
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lionshome. However, all thought and opinions are my own.
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